Why the NFL needs to suspend Falcons' Dunta Robinson

There was some good hitting in the Sunday night game down in Atlanta. Clean, physical football. But after seeing Falcons’ CB Dunta Robinson deliver a cheap blow to Eagles’ WR Jeremy Maclin on the underneath crossing route, the league needs to take some serious action here.

We all know that Robinson was involved in the hit on Philly’s DeSean Jackson last season, however to do it again (and lead with the crown of the helmet) is dirty football at the pro level. No place for it—and I think the league should sit him down for a game or two to send a message.

Here’s the video replay from the hit…

As I said in my Week 2 Sunday game notes, I am always ready to defend defensive players when it comes to helmet-to-helmet contact. I don’t see how players can adjust their bodies when delivering a hit because of the speed in this league. Plays happen fast and we do see some head shots that are unpreventable.

But not here. Not at all. Look at the replay. Robinson saw that route coming across the field, and no matter what type of explanation he dishes out today, he was going for Maclin’s head. Put the crown of his helmet down on contact and delivered a blow that could have done some serious injury here to the Eagles’ WR.

There is a way to play football in this league with a physical style. “Controlled violence” as I like to call it on the field. But that’s not what I saw with Robinson last night.

He should expect a Fed Ex letter in his locker this week. A big time fine. And, from my perspective, maybe a week off as well.

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